Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011Wow, the time is finally here for the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011!  What an exciting time this is for SharePoint.  The product celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary recently, and it has come a long way!  The latest release SharePoint 2010 is really a game changer and is continuously expanding it’s presence and impact in the industry.  This conference celebrates the product in a way that is just amazing.  There are so many people from all over the world coming together for a single purpose – to share knowledge.

This year’s conference takes place in sunny Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Every hotel in a 15 mile area is SOLD OUT!  Ok some of that is probably Disneyland.  After checking in to my hotel and getting settled, I walked across the street to the convention center to check things out.  I got registered and checked out the venue.  This place is huge, three floors of SharePoint goodness!  There are lots of great-looking sessions, and I narrowed down the ones I want to attend.

The conference officially started this evening when they opened up the Exhibit Hall for a Welcome Reception from 6 – 9pm.  There are a lot of people here (and vendors).  I have never seen vendor booths like this before.  The booth for had stairs to a 2nd floor overlook.  Nice!  Talked to the nice folks at O’Relliy Press, Idera, Mindsharp, Quest Software, AvePoint and K2.  I think that was just on one row.  As you can see, there were already a lot of SharePointers checking things out:

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

I’m looking forward to the festivities that start tomorrow with the keynote speakers and then the sessions.  More to come from Anaheim so stay tuned!